Free to air channels offers high-definition pictures that are similar to those of pay-tv channels. A digital TV or a FTA decoder enables you to watch a variety of channels without paying monthly TV subscriptions. Some of the free to air channels in Kenya include NTV, KTN, Citizen TV, K24, and KBC.
The implementation of digital migration in Kenya made it possible for everyone to access digital content, either by paying for access or free of charge. Kenya began the digital migration process in 2009 when digital TV signal was launched in Nairobi by president Mwai Kibaki. Digital TV signals in Kenya re distributed by Signet and the Pan Africa Group (PANG).
During the initial phase, Kenya acquired the DVB-T digital technology. Later in 2010, the technology was upgraded to DVB-T2. This upgrade made it possible to support mobile TV, digital audio. In addition, it improved security features and enabled the support of standard and high definition.
Free To Air Set Top Boxes
DVB-T2, MPEG4 Compliant Boxes are digital TV receivers that enable you to access free to air channels. This means you do not have to pay to watch television. Besides being available at a relatively cheap price, they are compatible with your existing TV set. These boxes are best suited for people interested in local content, and of course those that do not want to pay to watch television. This means you only incur the device’s cost; no monthly TV subscriptions.
Types of Free To Air Decoders
You can watch a variety of free to air channels through the free-to-air (FTA) decoder. Due to lack of information about these decoders, some people have ended up purchasing pay-tv decoders. This happens because some people do not know any type of free-to-air decoders while others get tricked by sellers. There are several FTA decoders that have been approved by the Communication Authority of Kenya. Examples are:
- StarTimes FTA decoder
- Next T2 digital terrestrial receiver
- Hot Point digital decoder
Before you purchase a FTA decoder, ensure that it is approved by the Communication Authority.
Free to Air Channels in Kenya
Free to air channels in Kenya re accessible through a FTA decoder or digital television. Here are the channels you can watch without paying monthly TV subscriptions.
List of Free To Air Channels
|K24||Kwese Sports Free TV|
|Citizen TV||KBC Channel 1|
|Inooro TV||Jata TV|
|Sasa TV||Mt Kenya TV|
|Heritage TV||3 stones TV|
|MERU TV||SWITCH TV|
|Kiss TV (Kalenjin)||Kass TV|
|Family TV||Edu TV|
|GE TV||Kingdom TV|
|Hope TV||Aviation TV|
|Property Television||Youth TV|
|Bunge TV||Express TV|
|Sayare TV||Lake Victoria TV|
|Fountain TV||Gor TV|
|Times TV||Vision TV|
|Senate TV||Revival TV|
|Bazaar TV||Imani TV|
|Farmers TV||Utugi TV|
|Daystar TV||Joy Television|
|GOD TV||DOVE TV|
There is no guarantee that you will access all the free to air channels in Kenya. The number of channels you can access is dependent on various factors including your location, type of aerial, and the direction your aerial is facing. For example, you will access most free channels in you face your aerial towards Limuru.
StarTimes Free To Air Channels
The StarTimes FTA decoder helps you to watch TV without accruing monthly subscriptions. You just need to pay the one-time-fee for purchasing the decoder. The decoder gives you access to local radio and TV channels for free. Some of the features of the StarTimes free to air decoder are:
- Free local channels
- Option to upgrade to pay-tv
- No disc is required
- Smart Phone and Tablet
- No monthly TV subscription charges
Here are some of the channels you will access using the StarTimes FTA decoder.
|List of StarTimes Free To Air Channels|
|IMANI TV||VISION TV|
|DOVE TV||TIMES TV|
|DAYSTAR TV||Hope TV|
|GBS||Kwese Free Sports TV|
Bamba Free To Air Channels
The Bamba TV decoder, provided by Radio Africa Group, offers all its channels for free. In addition to the above FTA channels, the Bamba TV decoder offers additional entertainment, sport and news channels. The great aspect about Bamba TV is that it offers high definition channels. Here is a list of some of the Bamba TV free to air channels.
|List of Bamba Free To Air Channels|
|Justice TV||Nollywood Movies|
|African Movie Channel||Dove TV|
|Deustche Welle||Fashion TV|
|JC TV||Nollywood Channel|
|The Church Channel||World War Channel|
|Al Jazeera||Inspiration TV|
|Freckle TV||France 24|
|Cars TV||Films on Reels|
Bamba TV Kenya offers many other channels. The number of free to air channels you can access through the Bamba decoder depends of the strength of your aerial and the direction it faces. Besides Bamba TV channels, you can also listen to various radio channels.
Watch Free To Air Channels on Digital TV
Digital TV sets have an integrated digital receiver that enable you to watch TV without using a decoder or set top box. While digital TV sets are relatively expensive, you will not incur the costs of buying a decoder in order to watch TV. You can get huge discounts on digital TV from some of the leading shops in Kenya.
Before you purchase one, make sure it has an internal digital receiver. This is because most people have a notion that all LED TV sets are digital televisions.
Digital TV Sets in Kenya
Here are some of the models you can go for:
- Sony Bravia 48” KDL48R470B – this model provides quality resolution and is quite durable.
- Samsung 46” Full HD TV – offers high-definition pictures because of high image resolution.
- LG 39-inch Digital TV – offers clear pictures, and has a sleek design.
- Hotpoint 32” LED L32H100D
Always remember that your location, the strength of your antennae and the direction it is facing will determine the number of free to air channels that you can access. This means that having a strong aerial and facing it towards the location where digital TV receivers are located will enable you to access more channels.